Tuesday, 7 July 2015

#Wimbledon 07:07:15 - Strawberries!

Wimbledon can only mean one fruit: the strawberry.

Here's the one and only Ann, London walks foodie expert, revving-up for her next Foodie extravaganza…

“Doubtless God could have made a better berry, but doubtless God never did," said 16th Century physician William Butler. What else could this be in July but the strawberry – "the well known and much esteemed fruit" as Mrs. Beeton described it.

In past centuries Londoners got their fruit not from Kent, but from Hammersmith, Ealing and Isleworth. Women started picking as soon as it was light, then set off before 7 am at a 5 mph trot – something between a walk and a run. They could carry up to 40 lbs of strawberries on their heads – balanced on cushions in large baskets.

A London Walk costs £10 – £8 concession. To join a London Walk, simply meet your guide at the designated tube station at the appointed time. Details of all London Walks can be found at www.walks.com.

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